Gluten Free Poppyseed Bread Recipe

Lemon poppy seed bread is one of my favorite quick breads to make! This gluten free poppy seed bread recipe is super yummy (but you can easily make it with regular flour, too!) The “icing” on the cake is the special orange glaze on top.

A simple gluten free poppy seed bread recipe - but don't worry, it can easily be made with gluten flour as well!

5 from 1 vote

Gluten Free Lemon Poppyseed Bread

Author Katie Clark


  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour if you substitute with regular flour, you may need more.
  • 1.5 tbsp poppyseeds
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 5.3 ounce about cup of Strawberry Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • *GLAZE*
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter extract


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease a loaf pan with oil spray.
  3. Stir together flour, poppy seeds, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a smaller bowl, whisk together butter, eggs, yogurt, vanilla, and lemon juice.
  5. Mix wet ingredients into dry until combined.
  6. Spread into a bread pan.
  7. Bake for 40-50 minutes.
  8. Top with glaze
  9. *GLAZE*
  10. Whisk all ingredients in a bowl until combined.
  11. Pour orange juice glaze over hot poppy seed loaf.


Growing up, I don’t remember my mom making quick breads, like banana or pumpkin bread, very often. I think it’s probably because she doesn’t like them! However, one quick bread I fondly remember making was lemon poppyseed bread. Whenever she pulled a loaf out of the oven, and topped it with the delicious orange glaze, I was so excited. I can almost smell the memory.

I absolutely love making quick breads – especially because they work very well with gluten free flour. Unlike yeast breads, which I have issues with making them gluten free and not turn out super dense, quick breads usually turn out great.

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Today I’m participating in my first Secret Recipe Club exchange. I was assigned to check out all of Fit Mama, Real Food’s recipes and  to choose a recipe from to recreate on my blog. When I saw her yummy recipe for lemon poppyseed bread, I knew I had to make it! It was hard to choose, because she has so many delicious (and healthy) recipes. I can’t wait to try some more of her recipes, like this chipotle taco tortilla pie.

I made a few changes to suit our tastes (and the ingredients in our pantry) – I used gluten free flour (though you can definitely use regular flour if you’d like), strawberry Greek yogurt, and I added that orange glaze I loved so much from my mom’s poppyseed bread.

It turned out super tasty! Jack had some after his nap, and he said, “Yum! I like this bread, Mommy!” I’d say that’s his seal of approval.

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  • Welcome to SRC Katie! I am visiting from Group D and I was lucky enough to be assigned to your blog for this week. I made your adorable bird's nest cookies for our church Lenten fish fry. They were a huge hit. It was so nice to get to "know" you and your family through your blog.
  • What a lovely bread! I have a lemon poppyseed muffin recipe that my kids go crazy for. (ps. I didn't see orange juice actually listed in the ingredients - is there any?)
    • Thank you! Muffins sound great, too :) And oops, I forgot that part of the recipe. Just put that in. Thanks for pointing it out!
  • This sounds delicious. I really like the idea of adding an orange glaze as a contrast to the lemon in the cake. And as this is my first visit to your blog (but not my last for sure!) can I just say that I like your name. It reminds me of condensed milk, which I love to use to sweeten my tea! ;)
    • Oh thank you so much! You are so nice :) My husband came up with the name. I'm glad you stopped by and I hope you'll come back. I think the orange glaze is such a fun touch. It's something my whole family loves :)
  • I really like this bread. I've made it about 4 times, using chia seeds, instead of poppy seeds. I made some for Thanksgiving, to bring to my gluten eating friends. They weren't told that it was gluten free. They loved it so much that some of the ladies want the recipe. It's too goof to make often, because I eat several slices at once. Thank you for a great recipe! Deb